Gabriel Kolko (1932-2014)

Gabriel Kolko was a historian and author. Kolko's research interests included American political history, the Progressive Era, and foreign policy in the 20th century. He was also an important contributor to the historiography of the Vietnam War. In The Roots of American Foreign Policy (1969), Kolko contended that the American failure to 'win' the war demonstrated the inapplicability of the US policy of containment. Later, in The Anatomy of a War (1985), Kolko became a leading writer of the postrevisionist, or synthesis, school, which suggested, among other things, that the revisionist school was wrong in speculating that the United States could have won the war.


Gabriel Kolko, After Socialism: Reconstructing critical social thought. Routledge 2006.

Gabriel Kolko, Another Century of War? The New Press 2002.

Gabriel Kolko, Century of War: Politics, Conflict, and Society Since 1914. The New Press 1994.


No Wise Men Here: Gabriel Kolko and Washington's Continuing Murderous Middle East Myopia by Paul Street, ZNet, 20 May 2015

Gabriel Kolko's Unfinished Revolution by Eli Cook, Z Magazine, 24 August 201 (September 2014 issue)

The 1973 Peace Agreement Reconsidered, CounterPunch, 11 January 2013

The New Deal Illusion, CounterPunch, 29 August 2012

The Pentagon Pathology, CounterPunch, 10 August 2012

Vietnam, the US and China, CounterPunch, 15 June 2012

Panetta's Pacific Vision, CounterPunch, 8 June 2012

Why America is Doomed to One Disaster After Another, CounterPunch, 14 May 2012

The Enigma of Israel, CounterPunch, 16 March 2012

The CIA's Cassandras, CounterPunch, 20 January 2012

Why Euro Plan Is Doomed to Fail, CounterPunch, 16 December 2011

Menu for Today's Tricky Planet: Use Your Head, CounterPunch, 17 November 2011

35 Years Since the Fall of Saigon, CounterPunch, 3 May 2010

Escalation is futile in a war in which complexity defies might, ZNet, 24 September 2009

Israel: A Stalemated Action of History, CounterPunch, 25 August 2009

Searching For Enemies, CounterPunch, 31 July - 2 August 2009

Gabriel Kolko's World in Crisis by Nathaniel Mehr, MR Zine, 6 June 2009

How to Inflame the Entire Muslim World, ZNet, 22 January 2009

The Financial Crisis-An Outline

ZNet, 16 October 2007 (This article is a premium sent to Sustainer Donors of Z/ZNet. To learn more, consult ZNet Sustainer Program)

'Many in the US Military Think Bush and Cheney are Out of Control'

Spiegel Online, 15 October 2007

Will US Attack Iran?

ZNet, 1 October 2007

'The US Will Lose War Regardless What it Does', 11 September 2007

The Predicted Financial Storm Has Arrived

ZNet, 29 August 2007 (This article is a premium sent to Sustainer Donors of Z/ZNet. To learn more, consult ZNet Sustainer Program)

Mechanistic Destruction: American Foreign Policy at Point Zero, 10 August 2007

Israel: Mythologizing a 20th Century Accident, 2 June 2007

A Rational Perspective on Our Present Crises, 6 April 2007

Israel's Last Chance, 17 March 2007

Israel, Iran and the Bush Administration

CounterPunch, 10/11 February 2007

The Age of Perpetual Conflict, 1 February 2007

Rumsfeld and the American Way of War

CounterPunch, 19 December 2006

After Socialism? by Justin Podur

ZNet, 17 December 2006 (This article is a premium sent to Sustainer Donors of Z/ZNet. To learn more, consult ZNet Sustainer Program)

The Great Equalizer

CounterPunch, 10 August 2006

Bankers Fear World Economic Meltdown

CounterPunch, 26 July 2006

Why a Global Economic Deluge Looms

CounterPunch, 15 June 2006

Relearning the Lessons of Vietnam, Every Day: The US Empire Versus Reality

CounterPunch, 24 March 2006

American Foreign Policy and the Future of NATO, 17 March 2006

The Decline of the American Empire

CounterPunch, 17 December 2005

The End of the Vietnam War, 30 Years Ago

CounterPunch, 30 April/1 May 2005

Wilsonian and Neoconservative Myths

CounterPunch, 29/30 January 2005

Alliances and the American election

Sidney Morning Herald, 25 August 2004

The US Must be Isolated and Constrained

CounterPunch, 12/14 March 2004

Vietnam and Iraq: Has the US Learned Anything?

CounterPunch, 28 November 2003

Iraq already looks ominously like Vietnam

The Age, 10 November 2003

Intelligence for What? The Vietnam War Reconsidered

CounterPunch, 8 November 2003

The Age of Unilateral War: Iraq, the United States and the End of the European Coalition

CounterPunch, 30 April 2003

The Crisis in NATO: A Geopolitical Earthquake?

CounterPunch, 18 February 2003

The perils of Pax Americana

The Australian, 13 January 2003

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